Saint Barnabas Offering Free Bereavement Support for the Holidays
Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a free eight-week support group for those who lost loved ones through death
The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who recently experienced the death of a loved one.
The Pastoral Care Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a free public bereavement support group to help others through the period from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
The support group will meet every week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from November 13 to January 8 at the interfaith chapel inside Saint Barnabas. Group discussions will cover a variety of topics, including how to handle sadness and pain and adjusting to life changes.
Participation is limited and people must register and speak with a bereavement councilor to see if the group is right for them, said the Rev. Thomas Craig, director of pastoral care.
“For those who are grieving, the holidays can seem almost inappropriate and the additional strains of the holidays can create unbearable pressure,” said the Rev. Thomas Craig, director of pastoral care. “This group is unique because it provides weekly support throughout the holiday season.”
The non-sectarian group will discuss issues of guilt vs. regret, anger, handling pain and sadness, communicating with friends and family as well as adjusting to life changes especially around the holidays.
Participants need not register, however they may address questions about the group to the Department of Pastoral Care by calling 973-322-5015.